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Say no to trans fats

Say no to trans fats

Nutrition is a subject often debated, but the one thing that everyone who prides himself (and even those who are not!) Agreeing, is that trans fats are bad for you. These artificial fats that your body does not recognize, are held in unprocessed blood, and clearing it usually means using up HDL or high density lipoprotein. HDL acts as a scavenger, cleaning other harmful fats and send the liver. So when excess cholesterol HDL is used, levels deplete can cause bad cholesterol, blood pressure, heart disease, and diabetes type 2.

The World Health Organization has recommended an upper limit of less than 1 percent of the total energy consumption through trans fats. In 2004, Denmark was the first country to be aware of this and limit the amount of trans fats to less than two percent. On 16 June last year, the Food and Drug Administration of the United States declared as unsafe trans fat, and set a limit of three years for all companies to deliver their products with trans fat ingredients. In India, in July 2013, FSSAI (Food Safety and Standards Authority of India) stated that the content of trans fat in products like vanaspati needed to be brought down to 10 percent. In July this year, that number dropped to five percent.

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Foods rich in trans fats are found in fried in hydrogenated vegetable oil such as French fries and potato nuggets. Also avoid margarine, cake mixes and frosting, pie-crusts, cookies and non-dairy creamer.

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